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Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
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Jun 14, 2008

really liked it
Read in October, 2008

** spoiler alert ** The beauty of this book is in its restraint. Small, telling details fall down like acorns amidst the larger swirling narrative of Trond's current life and his memories of a few summers spent with his father in the 1940s. We never completely find out what happened to his father or to Lars and his family. Instead the book comes alive through the narrator's keen observations about his inner life. He captures the silences that exist between people and how those silences can often be more important than any words that were spoken. At times, there is a self-reflective quality to book. For example when he says that meeting Lars again was just the sort of conincidence that would only happen in a book.

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